Video: Campaigners to fight on against Norwich’s school’s ‘forced’ academy conversion
18:00 14 January 2014
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Parents opposed to a school’s conversion to an academy have pledged to fight on after meeting the body which could take control.
Cavell Primary School, in Duckett Close, Lakenham, was put into special measures by Ofsted last March, and the Department for Education says turning it into an academy is the best way to drive up standards. However, a group of parents – and the board of governors removed last year – say the school is already on the up.
The governors were replaced by an interim executive board, who yesterday arranged a meeting for parents to meet potential sponsor the Right for Success Academy Trust, which runs the outstanding-rated Eaton Hall Academy.
Parent Rachel Ward, who has helped collect 1,700 signatures on an opposition petition, said: “We were interested in what they had to say, because if they are going to end up running our school we want to know where they are coming from. But there’s no evidence that making it an academy will make anything better.”
No one from the school or the board was available for comment following the meeting.